At breakfast, I am already obsessing over lunch and dinner plans. At dinner, I’m upset because it’s the last meal of the day. I’ll be starving by morning!

While I don’t think my food obsession will ever go away (I love it dearly), thankfully what has gone away is the physical groaning of my stomach throughout the day. Why? Because I’ve diversified the nutritional attributes of my meals to increase, specifically, protein.  Yup. That simple. Read on, foodies!

Protein helps build and tone mustcle

I follow a high protein diet to keep me full while helping to build and tone muscle. Photo by KremerJohnson

 

 

 

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In the spirit of the holidays (and spending lots of money), I thought it would be a good time to bring up my version of couponing…without having to actually “coupon“.

As many of my closest friends and family know, I love to save money. I am thrifty and I absolutely hate wasting in general. (Yes, I will always take a doggy bag from a restaurant if there are leftovers, even when it’s family style. #noshame) What a lot of people don’t understand is that there are super easy and convenient ways to be smart about spending and saving money without turning it into an obsessive hobby.

Read on for some ways that I have been able to shave dollars off purchases without having to try very hard.

Time to MAKE IT RAIN!

Making it rain in savings!

Makin’ it rain with savings! Photo by Chelsea Wilson

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Having the right cooking tools for meal prepping is a GAME CHANGER! I am able to meal prep 12+ meals in 2-3 hours because of the awesome tools I’ve gathered over the years.

Think about it this way: investing in the proper cooking instruments will save you time and energy: two things we have in limited quantities! Nobody in their right mind wants to slave away in the kitchen for hours on end when there are tons of helpful cooking tools to make your life easier.

 It’s okay to take shortcuts in the kitchen when it benefits your quality of life. 

meal prep noodles

I used the Veggie Spiralizer to make this garlic roasted shrimp zucchini pasta from @cookeatpaleo!

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After 10 years of being on the 5:00am workout wagon, the shrill “BEEEEEEEEP!” of my alarm is no more charming than it ever was.

There are so many reasons to stay in bed, and I go through these reasons almost every morning:

  • It’s still dark outside.
  • My bed is so warm.
  • The whole neighborhood is still sleeping.
  • I don’t have to be at work until 8:00am, so why be a crazy person and wake up now?

Mmmmm one… more… minute… Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Goodbye, workout.

WE CAN’T HAVE THAT HAPPEN, PEOPLE!  Read on for a great list of tricks that help me get my butt out of bed!

early workout run

Enjoying a sunrise run on Venice Beach in California. (Photo credit: 66 Audio)

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MEAL PREP. The words are daunting. I see lines of colorful and perfectly packed little containers. I see long hours of cooking and exhaustion. People who meal prep must be crazy, right? WRONG!

I’m here to help break the meal prep process down. By the end of this post, you will feel comfortable planning for prepping in your own kitchen. Read on, preppers!

healthy meal prep

 

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